Reading Lists & Web Links
Ancient Egypt | Daily Life | Just for Kids | Mummies | Verdi's Aïda
Ancient Egypt: History and Religion
- Springfield Library: Kings, Tombs and Temples
- A reading list on the history and religion of ancient Egypt from the Springfield Library.
- Egypt History: The Twenty-Sixth Dynasty
- An overview of the 26th dynasty, when Padihershef lived and worked as a stonecutter. From the Tour Egypt: History of Egypt site.
- Ancient Egypt: Third Intermediate Period & Late Dynastic Period
- Additional links and artworks from the period in which Padihershef lived.
- Ancient Egypt
- From the British Museum comes this online exhibit with sections on Egyptian life, geography, gods and goddesses, mummification, pharaohs, pyramids, temples, time, trades and writing. Each section includes an outline of basic information, with fascinating explorations and challenges. Learn to play Senet, determine the size of a pyramid, and help the museum curator! Some sections require the Shockwave plug-in and the "Staff Room" section includes aids for teachers, lesson plans, and background materials on the exhibit.
- An Introduction to the History and Culture of Pharaonic Egypt
- Extensive, well-illustrated and documented study, with sections on history, dynasties, a cultural chronology, mythology, and daily life, with translations of Egyptian texts, a bibliography, and more.
- Egyptian Mythology
- A-Z index of the gods and myths of ancient Egypt. From Encyclopedia Mythica.
- Cleopatra: A Multimedia Guide to the Ancient World
- An impressive introduction to the ancient civilizations of Egypt, Greece, and Rome, mediated through archaeological and art objects housed at the Art Institute of Chicago. Includes QuickTime movies (plug-in required) with descriptions of each object, maps, a timeline, glossary, and lesson plans.
- Internet Ancient History Sourcebook: Egypt
- Links to primary sources and other texts, maps, chronologies, king lists, and other sites dealing with the art, culture, and daily life of ancient Egypt. An excellent starting point for classroom use or further study of this period. From the Internet History Sourcebooks Project, edited by Paul Halsall at Fordham University.
- The Ancient Egypt Site
- Three major sections provide a wealth of information at this website: the History of Ancient Egypt, with king lists and a timeline; Saqqara, City of the Dead, with maps and overviews of the monuments at this ancient burial site; and the Language of Ancient Egypt, with an introductory grammar and names of the pharaohs. The site includes an A-Z index, bibliography, and a 'hitchhiker's guide' to more information dealing with the contemporary fascination with all things Egyptian, including museums, institutes, exhibitions, and other websites.
- Theban Mapping Project
- An awesome site. An interactive atlas of the tombs in the Valley of the Kings, where Tut and his relatives are buried. Individual burial sites include maps, plans, and descriptions, with articles on the background and history of the Valley and mortuary practices during the New Kingdom. The interactive atlas requires the Flash plug-in.
- Egyptian Kings
- Chronological list of the pharaohs of Egypt, with short essays on the best-known (or best attested) kings. Includes other articles on kingship in ancient Egypt. From the TourEgypt site.
- Your Name in Hieroglyphs
- Enter your name and see it in the ancient Egyptian language! From Hieroglyphs.net.
- More links to sites about ancient Egypt from Best of History Web Sites.
Daily Life in Ancient Egypt
- Aspects of Life in Ancient Egypt
- Well-illustrated, extensive account of society and daily life, with sections on housing, art, building, clothing, health, leisure, the economy, the military, and much, much more. From Andre Dollinger's Ancient Egypt site.
- Life in Ancient Egypt
- Excellent online exhibit from the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. Covers the natural world, daily life, gods and religion, and funerary customs.
- Life of Ancient Egyptians
- Investigate the daily life of the people of ancient Egypt: childbirth, medicine, childhood, education, religion, farming, and more. From the Egyptian State Information Service.
- Women in Ancient Egypt
- Interesting site with short essays on marriage, housekeeping, clothing, religion, money, health, childbirth, and more. Part of James Thompson's Women in the Ancient World site.
- Medicine in Ancient Egypt
- Overview of medical practice in ancient Egypt, with especial reference to the medical papyri used by Egyptian physicians for the treatment of disease. From the Asclepion site, devoted to the study of ancient medicine.
- Ancient Egyptian Civilization
- Lots of good links here to web sites on daily life (including clothing, medicine, furniture, sport, and lives of the common people), temples and pyramids, pharaohs and nobles, religion and the afterlife, and mummies. Most sites are expressly chosen for school projects, and sites inappropriate for young people are excluded. From Archaeolink.
Just for Kids
- Springfield Library: Ancient Egypt for Young People
- A selected bibliography compiled by the Youth Services Department, Springfield Library, with sections on ancient Egypt in nonfiction, fiction and folklore, and opera.
- Life in Ancient Egypt
- A short introduction to the history, religion, and language of Egypt, with links to other sites and a good bibliography.
- Mark Millmore's Ancient Egypt
- An interesting site from the UK, suitable for middle and high school students. Includes information on pyramids and temples, kings and queens, and hieroglyphs, with computer-generated reconstructions of some buildings. Some fun stuff too: glyph e-cards, screensavers, and lists of available games and videos with an Egyptian theme.
- Odyssey Online: Egypt
- Study the people, myths, daily life, burial, writing, and archaeology of ancient Egypt through objects, maps, interactive features and games. An Odyssey Online Teacher's Resource Site.
- Egypt Fun Guide
- Games, contests and more for kids and their families, from SeaWorld.
- Egypt and the Ancient Near East
- An extensive directory of web resources for young people and teachers. From the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago. Not updated recently, so you may find some dead links.
- Springfield Library: Mummies
- A reading and viewing list for further study of the Egyptian way of death. Includes items on Padihershef, the mummy currently 'visiting' the GWVS Art Museum in Springfield.
- Some up-close and personal photos of the mummy Padihershef, taken in 2002.
- Mummy on the move
- Another article, from 1999, about Padihershef. From Massachusetts General Hospital.
- Egyptian Mummy Padihershef tells the story of ancient Egypt
- Article from the Windsor (CT) Journal, about the Smith Art Museum exhibit, Ancient Egypt.
- The Clickable Mummy
- Click on different parts of the mummy to view information about the mummification process. From the National Museums of Scotland.
- The Virtual Mummy
- Unwrap a mummy by mouse click! From the University of Hamburg in Germany.
- National Geographic: Mummies Unmasked
- Watch a mummy in the making in this short but enjoyable site from National Geographic. Includes a bibliography and selected websites.
- You woudn't want to be an Egyptian mummy!
- Amusingly illustrated 'web book' which follows the process of mummification in ancient Egypt.
Opera: Verdi's Aïda
- Devoted to the life and works of Giuseppe Verdi.
- Karadar Classical Music: Verdi
- A comprehensive site containing biographies, catalogs of a composer's works, photo galleries of composers and manuscripts, complete librettos (in the original language-no translations), and extensive MP3 files. Home page also links to a special "Giuseppe Verdi Tribute" page.
- Giuseppe Verdi
- In addition to a brief biography, this site also includes brief bibliographical essays on recommended books and recordings.
- Classical Music Pages: Guiseppe Verdi
- Articles from the Grove Concise Dictionary of Music about composers, musical periods and forms.
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As a part of Springfield's AÏDA Project, which included the exhibition, Ancient Egypt, at the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum, librarians at the Springfield City Library prepared reading lists and lists of suggested web resources about ancient Egypt and Verdi's opera, Aïda. Please Note: The exhibit has now closed.